The United States has ratified the FAO Port State Measures Agreement

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, on March 7, formally presented Jose Graziano Da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the United States’ instrument of ratification of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing .  The United States became the 22nd nation to ratify the treaty when President Barack Obama …

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U.S. Announces Partnership with Thirty Nations on Global Health Security Agenda

On November 16, President Barack Obama announced that the United States and 30 countries have made a commitment to work together to achieve the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda.  Together, we will partner with the 30 other nations to develop global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to future disease outbreaks.  The U.S. …

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Ambassador David Lane Gives Remarks at Loyola University Rome Center on the Occasion of Hunger Week

Good evening, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you during Hunger Week.  I understand this is a long-held, honorable tradition at your university and one that you should be proud of: a week of awareness-raising, volunteering and fundraising around hunger issues.  I am honored to be here with you, and eager to …

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Dr. Rajiv Shah lecturer for the 2015 George McGovern Lecture Series

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome would like to announce that Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Senior Advisor to The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a Distinguished Fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and the Former Administrator of USAID, will be the lecturer for the 2015 George McGovern Lecture Series. …

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Remarks by Ambassador David Lane at the World Food Program Executive Board

Thank you Mr. President, and thank you Madame Executive Director for your thoughtful and comprehensive presentations.  Please allow me to join others in welcoming Stephen O’Brien to WFP and to his new role as Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, although I’m sure he’s not feeling too new at this point after a few intense months …

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The United States is committed to maintaining a robust refugee admissions program

September 11 – The United States is committed to maintaining a robust refugee admissions program, and is particularly aware of the needs of the Syrian refugee population. The President has determined that the administration will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year.  The United States has provided over $4.1 billion in humanitarian assistance since …

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Opening Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State Bathsheba Crocker at the WFP Executive Board

May 25, 2015 I’m Sheba Crocker, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and am honored to be able to participate in this session of the Board, especially at a time when global crises are demanding more and more from WFP. We’re here today because the World Food Program is a valued …

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Food and Nutrition Security Media Reporting Tour to Tajikistan Report

David Lane,  the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations agencies in Rome traveled in Tajikistan May 11-15, to observe the challenges and progress being made in food and nutrition security there.  While there, he visited project sites supported by the World Food Programme, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development …

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Photo Exhibit by Public Affairs Officer Sharon Ketchum features women in agriculture

Leading up to International Women’s day, photos by USUN Rome’s Political Affairs Officer Sharon Ketchum were displayed at John Cabot University. The exhibition, highlighting the role women have in feeding the world, was introduced by Ambassador David Lane and attended by several USUN Rome employees, members of the UN community in Rome, and students and …

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Remarks by Ambassador David Lane on the International Day of Family Remittances

Good afternoon.  I am happy to be here with you today in recognition of the “International Day of Family Remittances.”   Before I share a few words with you on the importance and impact of remittances, I would like to first thank IFAD both for taking the initiative to draw global attention to the importance of …

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USUN Rome Ambassador David Lane highlights links between water management, food security at “Road to Expo: Water for Food” conference

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, participated in the “Road to Expo: Water for Food” conference in Rome, an event organized in cooperation with the National Research Council (CNR) at the American Studies Center and the U.S. Embassy to Italy. The conference promoted the role of science and technology in improving …

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Opening Statement by U.S. Ambassador Lane at the Second Regular Session of the World Food Programme Executive Board Meeting

This morning I would like to begin by acknowledging the heroic work and sacrifice of WFP staff and contractors across the organization this past year, and likewise for WFP’s implementing partners.  In particular and with great sadness, we acknowledge Mr. Ayman Omar, Mr. Abdul Qader Haj Jneid, Mr. Ahmad Haj Jneid,  and Mr. Housien Hammoud …

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Elections Are Held at IDLO’s Annual Assembly of Parties; U.S. becomes Vice President

On Thursday, November 6th, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, presided over his last meeting as President of the Assembly of Parties of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). Member parties, non-members and several distinguished guests attended the meeting, which highlighted the accomplishments of IDLO over the past year and detailed …

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2014 Hunger Run

On October 19th, USUN Rome participated in the Hunger Run for the ninth consecutive year. The Hunger Run is an annual event, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, with the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as additional sponsors. It is designed to …

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2014 McGovern Lecturer, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, addresses “Local Produce, Local Markets: Fostering Regional Agricultural Systems”

“Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University, and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was this year’s lecturer for the 11th Annual George McGovern Lecture sponsored by the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN). ” Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington …

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National Geographic and FAO Join Forces to Raise Awareness on Hunger and Nutrition

The U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, attended the October 17 signing of an agreement between the National Geographic Society and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to facilitate their work together to provide information and raise awareness about hunger and nutrition. The agreement provides National Geographic access to FAO’s …

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Ambassador Lane and Regional Journalists View Agricultural Development in Burkina Faso

On September 20, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome David Lane completed a five-day trip in Burkina Faso where he met with farmers, government officials and representatives of non-governmental programs working to improve food security.  During the visit, he viewed sites supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. …

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Remarks by Ambassador David Lane for the 4th of July, 2014

Buona Sera!  Honored Guests, Fellow Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives, Friends and Colleagues – Good Evening. On the Fourth of July each year, Americans gather with family and friends to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  On behalf of our team at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies I would …

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WFP Executive Board, U.S. Opening Statement by Ambassador David Lane

Thank you, Madam President. Madam Executive Director, and Distinguished Colleagues: Please allow me to begin by thanking Commissioner Georgieva for her tireless work to help the world meet humanity’s greatest challenges. Georgieva spoke powerfully of the partnerships.  The United States is grateful for the partnerships you have championed between Europe, the United States, the United …

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Press Conference by David Lane, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome

Thank you all for joining us today to discuss challenges and progress being made in food security and nutrition in Cambodia.  As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, I am especially pleased to be joined today by the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director GianPietro Bordignon, the Food …

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“From the American People”, U.S. Ambassador David J. Lane Leads Food Security Focused Media Tour to Tanzania

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome David J. Lane Leads Food Security Focused Media Tour to Tanzania Ambassador David J. Lane, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies, led a media tour to Tanzania from January 7 – 12, 2013.  He visited rural …

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Remarks by David J. Lane U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organizations in Rome, Press Conference, Blantyre, Malawi

Thank you all for joining Ambassador Jeanine Jackson, World Food Programme Deputy Director Baton Osmani, and USAID Mission Director Douglass Arbuckle and me today.  As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, I am very pleased to have this opportunity to share some thoughts with you.  In my position, …

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Ambassador David Lane Opening Remarks to the IDLO Assembly of Parties

Laws are the instrument by which citizens, through their government, protect themselves from, and regulate their relationships with each other.  But, we rely on the rule of law not only to protect us, but to empowerus, by creating an environment that is fair, equal, consistent, and transparent for people to pursue their lives and reach …

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Ambassador David J. Lane tells the XI Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture in Rome that the global community must work together to solve cr

David J. Lane, United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN) addressed an audience representing over 20 countries at the XI Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture on November 29th in Rome.  This year’s XI Forum focused on “Learning and Living Around the World:  New Perspectives for New Challenges.” Ambassador Lane stressed …

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Ambassador Lane urges students to continue to focus on global challenges at the celebration of 50 years of University of California Education Abroad P

David J. Lane, the United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN) was honored to be a guest speaker at the 50thanniversary of the University of California Education Abroad Programs in Rome.  The anniversary celebration took place in the beautiful Borromini-designed 17th century Vallicelliana  Library in Rome. Ambassador Lane reminded students, faculty and …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the World Food Programme

Today we celebrate the founding of the World Food Programme (WFP) 50 years ago, and take the occasion to renew our commitment to WFP’s mandate of saving, restoring and rebuilding lives around the world.  The United States played a critical role in the establishment of WFP when, in 1961, George McGovern, then the director of …

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USUN Rome Senior Staff Address John Cabot University Students on International Organizations

Senior staff of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies (USUN Rome) addressed John Cabot University students on the functions of the three main Rome-based UN agencies – the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).  Approximately twenty students are …

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Ambassador Ertharin Cousin’s Remarks to the 27th ICCROM General Assembly

Mr. Director-General, Mr. President, distinguished delegates; I am honored to represent the United States Government at this 27th General Assembly of ICCROM, an organization of which the United States has been a proud member since 1971.  For the United States, the conversations we will hold and the decisions we make here on global cooperation in …

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2012 McGovern Lecturer, Tony P. Hall, addresses “The Changing Face of Hunger”

USUN Rome’s 10th Annual George McGovern Lecture at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) featured Tony P. Hall, Executive Director of The Alliance to End Hunger .  Tony Hall served twenty-four years of service as a U.S. Congressman and was Ambassador to the USUN Rome Mission from 2002-2005. The U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome (USUN Rome), …

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USUN Rome Team raises 2,290 Euros for the Horn of Africa, 2012 Hunger Run

For the seventh year in a row , USUN Rome joined the annual Hunger Run sponsored by the UN Agencies in Rome,  including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),  Biodiversity International, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).  This  year the USUN team  had over 175 participants, who donated …

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Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the …

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Ambassador David J. Lane Presents Diplomatic Credentials to Director-General of ICCROM

The Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, David J. Lane, presented  his diplomatic credentials to Stefano De Caro, the Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) at the Centre’s headquarters in Rome on Thursday, August 23, 2012 …

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Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson Travels to Zimbabwe, Mozambique

In late June 2012, USUN Rome Chargé d’Affaires, Karen Johnson, traveled to Zimbabwe and Mozambique on a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) field visit.  Together with six other country representatives to the FAO—from the EU, Indonesia, Iran, France, Morocco, and Switzerland—Ms. Johnson met with local government officials and visited FAO projects in these countries. In …

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USUN Rome celebrates the Fourth of July

Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson hosted this year’s 4th of July reception for the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome at Villa Laura, her residence. “On this July 4th, in honor of the 236th anniversary of the United States of America,  and with grateful appreciation to all of you, our colleagues, for the work …

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Opening Intervention by USUN Rome Chargé d’Affaires, Karen E. Johnson WFP Executive Board Annual Session

Thank you, Mr. President and good morning everyone. I am pleased to warmly welcome Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and congratulate her once again on her appointment to this position.  The United States, and particularly the US Mission to the UN in Rome, looks forward to continuing our close partnership with the World Food Program in …

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Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson Honors Military Servicemen and Women at American-Italian Memorial Day Ceremony

USUN Rome Chargé d’Affaires Karen Johnson presented the keynote address at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy on Monday, May 28, 2012.   Deputy Minister of Defense for Italy, Dr. Gianluigi Magri, also addressed the audience, along with Admiral Bruce W. Clingan, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and …

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Water Pans and Trapezoidal Bunds: Life-Changing Tools in Kenya

BY ELIZABETH PETROVSKI Though one sounds like a medical contraption and the other a geometry problem, water pans and trapezoidal bunds are actually vital instruments Kenyan herders and farmers can use to collect and preserve rainwater for human and livestock consumption and crop irrigation in areas regularly impacted by droughts. I recently had the opportunity …

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Ambassador Cousin speaks about Women and Multilateralism at Women’s Leadership Conference in Bern, Switzerland

Ertharin Cousin, United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, spoke about “Women and Multilateralism: Harvesting What We Sow” at an awards ceremony on March 6th that opened a women’s leadership conference in Bern, Switzerland. The three-day bilateral women’s leadership conference: “Sister Republics:  Building Bridges – an action plan for women’s leadership” was organized …

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Ambassador Ertharin Cousin joins Bill Gates at the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) 35th Governing Council

USUN Rome participated in the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) 35th Governing Council held in Rome February 22-23.  The conference theme was,  “Sustainable smallholder agriculture: feeding the world, protecting the planet.”   There were powerful voices who spoke out in support of smallholder farmers:  United States Ambassador to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agencies, Ertharin …

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Opening Intervention by USAID/DCHA Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg WFP Executive Board First Regular Session

Thank you, Mr. President. Congratulations, Mr. President (Shobhan Pattanayak, Minister Counselor, Republic of India) and all the other newly elected members of the Executive Board Bureau.  The United States looks forward to working closely with you to advance collectively our efforts against world hunger.  And we express our utmost gratitude for the outstanding leadership of …

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World Food Prize Laureate 2003 Catherine Bertini Talks About the Vital Importance of Investing in Girls

World Food Prize Laureate 2003 and Co-chair of the Global Agriculture Development Initiative for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Chair of the Council’s Girls in Rural Economies project, Catherine Bertini visited Ambassador Ertharin Cousin and staff at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy (USUN Rome) …

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Unidroit Hosts Colloquium on Private Law and Agriculture

In a historic building just off Rome’s Piazza Venezia, a group of legal experts and government representatives gathered at the headquarters of UNIDROIT on November 8 for a colloquium to discuss private law aspects of agricultural production.   UNIDROIT, also known as the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, is involved in modernizing, harmonizing …

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The United States Government participates in the Towards a Safer World conference on pandemic preparedness in Rome

This week in Rome,  U.S.  Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food Agencies in Rome Ertharin Cousin, and leaders from USAID, World Food Program, World Health Organization, and the United Nations System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) joined over 180 experts from governments, UN agencies, civil society, the private sector …

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Ambassador Cousin Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of September 11th with students from Loyola University’s Rome campus

On September 13, over 100 students, faculty and staff from Loyola University’s campus in Rome listened to Ambassador Ertharin Cousin’s moving remarks to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11th.   Ambassador Cousin poignantly told the students that “the rising democracies of today – like the ones rising up out of the Arab Spring – are …

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Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture: A Call to Action for Investing in Women

The FAO’s 2010-2011 State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) Report, Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development, revealed some compelling and informative findings about the critical but underutilized role women play in the food and agriculture industry globally. It also gave some convincing reasons for why investing in women agriculturalists — including farmers, …

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Opening Intervention by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Board Annual Session

Thank you, Madame President. The United States thanks the Executive Director for her strong statement today, and the United States welcomes the presence of WFP Hunger Ambassador Peter Bakker. Madame Executive Director, Since the last meeting of the Executive Board in February, we have once again experienced great personal losses. The United States expresses its …

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Ambassador Cousin is Keynote Speaker at the 2011 Latin American Food Bank and Food Security Conference in Colombia

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin served as keynote speaker at the Latin American Food Bank and Food Security Conference in Bogota, Colombia on May 26.  Among other important topics, in her address she discussed her work as U.S. government representative to the UN Food and Agriculture agencies in Rome—the organizations that are at the heart of international …

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University of Minnesota Confers Honorary Degree of Law to Ambassador Cousin

On May 20th, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin visited the University of Minnesota where she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree—the highest honor conferred by the university. She spoke to the university about the U.S. government’s important work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies headquartered in Rome, Italy. The Ambassador also commended the University …

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Ambassador Cousin Joins League of Black Women’s 8th Annual Global Leadership Conference

On Wednesday, May 18th Ambassador Ertharin Cousin joined the League of Black Women at their 8th Annual Global Leadership conference, “Black Women 2011: New World Power . . . When Your World Is Not Enough”. The Conference took place in Tampa, Florida. There she joined over 100 African American female professionals and students all present …

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John Cabot University Commencement Address

Good evening President Pavoncello, Rabbi Di Segni, Dr. Hagan, members of the 2011 graduating class, families, friends and faculty. Thank you for inviting me here this evening; it is my honor and pleasure to be here with all of you. This is truly an international school located in what was the heart of the Roman …

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz Celebrate Earth Day 2011 with Rome’s Inte

On Tuesday, April 12, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, and the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz joined representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) as well as teachers and students from three international schools in Rome to celebrate the …

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American Ambassadors participating in “Clean Faces for Our Buildings” to clean the walls of Rome

Saturday, April 2nd, the three U.S. Ambassadors accredited to the Italian Republic, the Holy See and the United Nations agencies, together with the Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno, took part in the “Clean Faces for Our Buildings” event to clean up the tags from the walls of Piazza Annibaliano in the II Municipio. After last …

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The United States of America Assumes IDLO Presidency

The United States of America (USA) assumed the Presidency and the State of Kuwait assumed the Vice Presidency of the International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO ) Assembly of Parties on March 23. Upon accepting this new leadership role, the United States presided over an extraordinary session convened Wednesday when the Organization’s 23 Members met at the Italian Ministry of Foreign …

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FAO Briefing on International Year of Forests 2011

The United Nations General Assembly’s goal this year is to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation, and sustainable development of all of the world’s forests. On February 9 th the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented a briefing on its recent publication State of the World’s Forests to mark 2011 as the International Year of Forests at their Rome headquarters. …

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U.S Delegation sponsored several side events during the bi-annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization – Committee on Fisheries week (FAO-COFI)

A U.S. government delegation with representatives from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) participated in and sponsored several side events during the bi-annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization – Committee on Fisheries week (FAO-COFI). COFI, a subsidiary body of the FAO Council, was established by the FAO Conference at its Thirteenth Session in 1965.  The …

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Ambassador Cousin visits Kenya and Uganda

On January 20, 2011, at the World Food Program (WFP) headquarters, Ambassador Cousin and Franklin Moore, Senior Development Officer briefed the Permanent Representatives for Uganda, Ambassador Rwabita and Kenya, Ambassador Gaita; WFP senior officials; the WFP Uganda Country Director; and a representative from the WFP Kenya Country Office on their recent trip to Kenya and …

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